Military equipment takes the biggest chunk of U.S. tax dollars than any other taxpayer-funded program. Just one F-22 Raptor, for instance, costs as much as 7,147 four-year college educations, or as much as 676 average American homes. The cost of an Abrams tank would pay for health insurance for 412 families, buy 28 homes or pay for 295 college educations. Just one cruise missile costs the equivalent of 16.8 average household incomes.
A B-2 stealth bomber, at over 1 billion dollars, has the same price tag as almost 25,000 average household incomes. The U.S. Nuclear Weapons program spends 52 billion tax dollars per year and could put 2,477,842 people through a four-year college. On a smaller scale, equipping one U.S. soldier for combat could only put 1.6 people through college.
Although it's important for the U.S. to retain military strength, the costs of doing so seem to have gotten out of control.
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